The Ice-cream Makers

The Ice-cream Makers

A Novel

Book - 2017
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In the far north of Italy lies the valley of the ice-cream makers: about a dozen villages where, for generations, people have specialised in making ice cream. Giuseppe Talamini claims it was actually invented here. Every spring his family sets off for the ice-cream parlour in Rotterdam, returning to the mountains only in winter. Eldest son Giovanni Talamini decides to break with this tradition by pursuing a literary career. But then one day his younger brother Luca approaches him with a highly unusual request. Now Giovanni faces a dilemma: serve the family's interests one last time or choose his own path in life, once and for all.
Publisher: New York :, 37 Ink, Atria,, 2017
Edition: First 37 InkAtria Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501159398
Characteristics: 312 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Vroomen, Laura - Translator


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Sep 28, 2017

I don't know if it's the translation or the flipping from past to present and from Italy to the Netherlands that makes this book unravel. It was interesting to hear about seasonal migrant ice cream makers, and particularly the generational pull and development of flavours, but it was downright depressing to read about the expectations from father to son that made some family members sacrifice so much. Give it a pass.


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